June 27, 2002
BALTIMORE, Md. -- For the sixth consecutive year, the Johns Hopkins University athletic program has earned a top 30 finish in the NCAA III Sears Directors' Cup standings as JHU placed 22nd in the final 2001-2002 standings. In all, six Blue Jay teams participated in NCAA Championships during the 2001-2002 academic year, helping Hopkins accumulate 371.5 points. Williams (MA) claimed its sixth NCAA III Sears Directors' Cup title in the last seven years as the Ephs tallied 989 points to easily out-distance second-place Ithaca (852 points).
Johns Hopkins earned 171.5 points during the spring as the men's lacrosse team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals to earn 75 points, while the baseball team picked up 30 points with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional. Hopkins also got a big boost from the women's track and field team, which earned a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Championships to pick up 66.5 points. Junior Kathy Darling actually earned all 66.5 points herself as she placed second in a pair of events to account for all of Hopkins' team points at the championships.
JHU's 22nd-place finish was secured in large part by the presence of three teams in NCAA Championships during the winter season. The men's and women's swimming teams led the way for the Blue Jays in the winter as the men placed second at the NCAA Championships to pick up 90 points, while the women finished fifth and added 79 points. The fencing team also picked up 46.5 points in the winter with a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Johns Hopkins did not earn any points in the Sears Cup standings during the fall, but jumped to 37th place after the winter season and leaped 15 more spots with the strong performance during the spring.
Johns Hopkins placed 49th in the inaugural NCAA III Sears Directors' Cup Standings in 1996, but moved to a program-best 16th place in 1997 and added 24th (1998), 25th (1999), 21st (2000) and 30th-place showings in each of the last five years before this year's 22nd-place showing. Hopkins is the only Centennial Conference school which has placed in the top 30 in any of the last six years. Since 1997, Johns Hopkins has had 13 different teams score points in the Sears Cup standings. Of the 13, only the men's lacrosse team and the men's and women's swimming teams have earned points every year.
Points in the Sears Directors' Cup are accumulated by a school's finish in any of 18 championships (9 men and 9 women) sponsored by the NCAA. There were 395 eligible colleges and universities competing for the 2001-2002 Sears Directors' Cup at the NCAA III level and 277 of them (70%) earned points in the competition during the year. Using this as a benchmark, Johns Hopkins ranks among the top six percent of all NCAA Division III athletic programs.
The Sears Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes an institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program. In addition to Williams, Stanford (NCAA Division I), UC Davis (NCAA Division II), and Oklahoma City (NAIA) also won titles. The Sears Directors' Cup is part of the Sears Collegiate Champions program which annually awards more than 2,200 conference and sport champion trophies and $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships.
Final 2001-2002 NCAA III Sears Directors' Cup Standings - Top 25
3-College of New Jersey-751
6-Wisconsin Stevens Point-656.5
10-Gustavus Adolphus (MN)-509
12-Cortland State (NY)-485
13-St Thomas (MN)-446.5
16-Claremont Mudd-Scripps (CA)-422.5
22-Johns Hopkins (MD)-371.5
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